Back at the top of the narrows and playing in the water.
We hiked up to the source, Deer Spring.
And the thrown room.
Then headed back to the narrows for happy hour. Fun Fact: Did you know a liter of Crown Royal weighs 39.4 ounces?
That was it for Day 3 and the best day by far, one of my all time favorites. BUT, now for the rest of the story ( props Mr. Harvey). I woke up in the middle of the night in cold sweats, stomach cramps, nausea and its associated results. Up and down till dawn, I woke up my wife and decided we better make a play for the rim before I got worse and was stuck. I had developed some sort of stomach flu and it was taking its toll. We had initially planned on staying most of that day at Deer Creek and then hiking up to the Esplanade in the evening. That split the climb into two for a more enjoyable trip. I knew I had to at least make it there before the heat of the day or I’d be in real trouble. So we headed out before sunrise on what turned out to be the most difficult journey of my life. I made it to the Esplanade at a slow but steady pace with short breaks. Fighting back the nausea to keep down the water was the hardest part. Once on the Esplanade my pace slowed to a crawl alternating 10 min of hiking and 10 min of sleeping. It was midday, but there was a breeze and I kept my clothes drenched to keep cool. We stopped in shady spots to rest. We reached the last climb and our pace slowed to 5 minute rest intervals. Halfway up we both stopped and took about a 25 min nap. We made the last push to the car with the last step being the hardest. I passed out in the front seat for about 45 minutes while my wife drove. Those last steps were purely mental as I was saying out load - ‘Don’t Stop’ ‘Don’t Quit’. Truly an ordeal, but you learn a lot about yourself and the what the human body can be pushed to do.
The verdict is still out as to the cause. But the others who stayed ran across similar problems later that day and on into the next. We all drank untreated water, straight from the source of Deer Spring. But I was feeling a little run down before that. I also had symptoms others didn’t which led me to believe that I food poisoning. We’ll probably never know, but I will be taking extra precautions next trip. Less fresh food, treat all water, and more effort on clean hands. Oh yeah, and cache booze with the water.
Here is a link to all the pics, my wife added a lot of titles, enjoy!
Here are a couple videos so you can get the feel for Thunder River